Walking in a fashion show is a big deal for any model, but for one, it was statement-making moment.
According to Glamour, model Mara Martin was one of 16 finalists chosen to participate in a Sports Illustrated swimwear fashion show during Miami Swim Week, and when she graced the catwalk, she did so while breastfeeding her 5-month-old son.
Wearing a gold one-shouldered bikini for her trip down the runway, Glamour says she toted her diaper-clad son in her arms while he was sporting noise-cancelling headphones.
Martin later took to Instagram to share the reaction she’s received to her groundbreaking runway appearance, posting a screenshot of a Daily Mail article and writing that the whole experience has been “amazing.”
“Words can’t even describe how amazing I feel after being picked to walk the runway for @si_swimsuit,” she wrote, according to Glamour. “Anyone who knows me, knows it has been a life long dream of mine. I can’t believe I am waking up to headlines with me and my daughter in them for doing something I do every day. It is truly so humbling and unreal to say the least. I’m so grateful to be able to share this message and hopefully normalize breastfeeding and also show others that women CAN DO IT ALL!”